Mogford Prize


Apr 7, 2018

The winner of the 2018 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing was Oxfordshire-based writer and retired opera singer, Jane Cammack, with her short story ‘The Glass Kitchen’. Jane’s entry was selected from over 800 entries from writers all over the world including from Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya. The guest judges joining Jeremy Mogford were award-winning American writer Bill Bryson and cookery writer Lorraine Pascale.

Turkish-born Irem Alici Silk with ‘Dried Apricots and Clotted Cream’, Michael Lonty from Chester with ‘Moon Light Jasmine’, and American Paula McQueen with ‘Sugar and Spies’ were the runner-ups for the 2018 Mogford Prize.

Jane was overjoyed to win the prize, saying, ‘My mother is my reader and she is going to be thrilled when she learns I have won.’ After thanking everyone, she went on to say, ‘Writers are often plagued with self-doubt, and prizes like this give recognition and encouragement. They give the necessary inspiration to keep writing, to keep putting words out there for the readers.’


Before becoming a freelance writer of educational books for publishers such as OUP and Pearson, Jane Cammack led an interesting life. She trained at The Royal College of Music in South Kensington as an opera singer. She then went on to sing at the ENO and Glyndebourne. And for about five or six years she sang in the chorus at La Scala.

Family life got in the way of the anti-social life of an opera singer, so she completed a two-year Diploma in creative writing at Oxford University. One of Jane’s short stories was long-listed for the international Rubery Award and her historical fiction novel was in the last five out of over 5,000 entries for the Daily Mail First Novel Competition.

Find Jane’s publications online for sale here


A chef prepares meals behind a glass kitchen as his patrons enjoy their evening. As he cooks, he imagines the lives of his diners. He thinks he is a pretty good judge of character until one day …